Survey Reveals Whether Brits Like Meghan Markle

Ever since the world learned that she was engaged to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle has become one of the biggest celebrities alive. Her fame has been coupled with constant scrutiny. Some observers see Markle as an admirable activist and style icon, while others deride her for being open about her personal struggles. What does the British public think of her? A new poll gives us insight into her popularity.

Meghan Markle | Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage

Meghan Markle’s approval ratings

According to The Telegraph, Tatler magazine and ComRes polled a representative sample of 2,016 British adults, asking them if they thought that Markle was good for the royal family. 54% of the respondents expressed an opinion on the matter. Of those respondents, 55% believed that Markle was good for the royal family, while 45% felt the opposite.

The poll showed that the British public has some criticisms of the Duchess of Sussex. 39% of respondents believe that Markle is hypocritical when it comes to environmental issues. She had previously received criticism for speaking out on environmental issues while also using private jets.

Comparisons between Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex | Karwai Tang/Getty Images

Comparisons between Markle and Kate Middleton may be inevitable as they both married into the same family in the same decade. 44% of respondents prefer Middleton to Markle. These findings align with a YouGov poll designed to determine who is the most popular member of the royal family. Middleton is currently the fourth most popular member of the royal family with a 65% approval rating while Markle’s 46% approval rating makes her the seventh most popular member of the family.

Both women are eclipsed in popularity by Queen Elizabeth II, who certainly had more time to ingratiate herself to the public. It will be interesting to see whether they become more or less popular as the years go by.

Where should she live?

Recently, there has been much discussion about where Markle and her family should live. Many people interested in the royal family have opinions on whether Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and their son Archie should purchase homes in Africa or the United States.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex | Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage

On the subject of living in Africa, Harry said “I don’t know where we could live in Africa at the moment. We’ve just come from Cape Town, that would be an amazing place for us to be able to base ourselves – of course it would but with all the problems that are going on there, I just don’t see how we would be able to make as much difference as we want to without the issues and the judgment of how we would be with those surroundings.”

Vanity Fair reported that the couple may be searching for a home in Calabasas, a city in Los Angeles County. If they found a home there, they would become neighbors to Drake, Justin Beiber, and the Kardashian family. According to the poll, 23% of respondents believe that the family should move to Los Angeles.

The Meghan Issue

The polls were taken for an issue of Tatler magazine celebrating its 310th anniversary. The issue features Markle on the cover and essays on her and her impact. The issue has the provocative title The Megan Issue: Does She Conquer or Divide?